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A Thousand-Year-Old Tradition

Andalucia in general, and Granada in particular, have a great tradition in vine-cultivation and wine-making. The richness and progress of this land is clearly linked to the fusion of cultures that have left their mark during its history.

There are documented references and archeological evidence which connect vine-cultivation to this area since the Roman period.

It is known that during the Arabic period – in spite of its prohibition in the Koran –wine was consumed in abundance, and an active wine trade developed more or less in the open.

La Puerta del Vino -The Wine Door-, entrance to the Alhambra’s Medina, is considered a standard of the wine tradition, and its commerce, in the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada.

As well during the Reconquest, diverse products from Granada, such as wine, dried fruits and vegetables, were highly thought of throughout the entire Mediterranean region.

At the end of 19th century, Granada’s vineyards suffered a bout of philloxera, and although many of the vines survived this plague thanks to the high thermal contrast and the location of the fields, it was an opportunity to set up some changes in the vine varieties in order to improve quality as well as production and aging methods.